Marquis Johnson runs up to a wall on the USC campus, plants his hands and pushes off into a midair somersault. His teammates spin around lampposts. Other students passing by the Russell House courtyard between classes watch as Team Fuego Amaterasu Crew shows off its parkour skills.
That famous movie line “greed is good” isn’t too far off the mark for USC professor Colin Jones. He’s trying to build a world-class finance program to go with the Darla Moore Business School’stop-ranked international program. The goal is to make USC students competitive for top-dollar jobs from Wall Street to Main Street.
Walter Liniger is an unlikely blues professor. He isn’t African-American and he isn’t from the U.S. He’s Swiss, and his passion brought him here to study under blues legends. In his USC classes, you won’t find a textbook or PowerPoint. Instead, students learn about themselves through playing music.
Learning about life is just as important as core classes at Olympia Learning Center, an alternative school for students expelled from their home schools. Small-group discussions introduce students to those skills and help make them better citizens.
Naturalist Rudy Mancke, who taught generations of South Carolinians about nature’s wonders, has “retired.” But don’t tell him his nature walks are over. Mancke reflects on his career and how he plans to continue educating people as long as he can.
A familiar sight – and sound – on USC’s campus could soon fade into history. Jeremiah Shepherd, better known around campus as Boom Box Guy JJ, is about to graduate. He shares his experience of living out his alter ego and hints at what comes next for him and the boom box.
By Isabelle Khurshudyan and Brantley Fortenberry July 22, 2013 Wales Garden Neighborhood Association President Andrew Marion doesn’t mind the USC students who have moved into his cozy Columbia community until the late-night parties when he’s charged with damage control. Then the difficulties that can come from living close to the urban campus of a large… Read More Town/Gown: Student renters, older residents feel divide in Wales Garden
By Kyle Heck July 19, 2013 Vi Hendley has lived in Olympia for 30 years. She was around when Olympia and Granby mills were up and running, and she was around when they closed in 1996. And she has been around as more college students, most from the nearby University of South Carolina, have moved… Read More Town/Gown: Olympia struggles with student influx
USC’s U101 program has a track record of success in helping new students. But it’s still just an option, and that means some students remain ambivalent about it. (Above – a page from one of the workbooks to help students organize their time.) By Brantley Fortenberry July 9, 2013 USC freshmen have a decision to… Read More For 40 years, USC’s U101 has stressed freshman success
USC’s equestrian coach has always loved horses. Now she’s making the rest of the sports world take notice too. By Kyle Heck July 9, 2013 USC equestrian coach Frances “Boo” Major’s first love was horses. For her, it was never a question of what she would do with her life. By age 3, Major… Read More USC’s Boo Major makes sports world notice equestrian